Williamsburg Brooklyn Guide for Parents and Kids

photoTo the possible dismay of the young artsy hipster set, Williamsburg Brooklyn is no longer only for them, but hundreds of budding families. Each year, Williamsburg’s family population keeps growing and with it comes a wonderful array of resources to help them along. Williamsburg is split into several parts; north side, south side and east end (East Williamsburg) and no matter which area you hail from, parents can find just about everything right outside their front door. Visiting Williamsburg with your kids? Then you will be able to enjoy indoor play spaces, parks, food festivals, and more. Check out our list of kids friendly resources in Williamsburg.

Shopping for Kids and Babies
There are a great selection of stores for kids and babies in Williamsburg and they all bring something different to the table. Area Kids offers a nice selection of toddler toys as well as shoes and jackets while Sweet William stocks the most adorable stuffed animals around. Mini Jake and WeeBabe the areas largest baby gear stores and sell strollers and furniture of all kinds and even has two of Brooklyn’s best baby registries. Smoochie Baby has a carefully curated selection of children’s fashion while Wonderwolf stocks trendy kicks for kids in East Williamsburg.

Kid Friendly Food and Restaurants
A great location for healthy groceries near the waterfront is Williamsburg’s oldest grocery store Tops on N 6th St. They have healthy snacks a good selection of general staples for a picnic on the waterfront or just a dinner at home. Brooklyn Kitchen is another favorite, that caters to kids by offering tiny shopping carts and a kids play kitchen.

Need a quick dinner solution and have no time to cook? Radish serves up healthy and delicious prepared food every day and regularly have gourmet chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. Brooklyn Mac in East Williamsburg is the place for all manner of Mac and Cheese with all of their dishes named after Brooklyn neighborhoods. They also deliver right to your door!For dinner excitement in the neighborhood, Brooklyn Bowl is a lively bowling alley that also houses Blue Ribbon the comfort food restaurant which has a great kids menu and awesome cocktails for parents.

Our favorite spot to score picnic supplies and snacks near McCarren Park is Urban Rustic which has their own hand made fig bars that kids love as well as delicious sandwiches and Brooklyn made food staples. Also among the family favorites for dining with your kids in Williamsburg are Jimmy’s Diner, Peters on Bedford, and the Roebling Tea Room for brunch.

Saturdays is the day to shop for food in Williamsburg as the McCarren Park Greenmarket is open on Saturdays and so is the relativley new and very popular outdoor food market Smorgasburg which comes to the Williamsburg Waterfront every Saturday for a Greenmarket slash local prepared food extravaganza. There is so much good food here that it will be hard to stop eating all of it. It is a kid’s dream come true with free samples and sugary treats everywhere!

Kids Classes & Events 
For crafty kids, Baked in Brooklyn is a great place to check out with camp and class offerings in clay and painting while Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center offers a rotating selection of classes such salsa and hip hop for kids. Mini Hands hosts classes in music, art and language and the Bang the Drum School has drumming classes for kids starting at age 7.  Ms Jays Gymnastics hosts gymnastics classes for kids and a special kids nigh out after school play program.  If chilling with your baby is more your speed, then Sangha Yoga holds mommy and me Yoga classes on the Northside. There is a studio for art and theatrical arts classes called Bird River Studios that has such classes like introduction to stop motion animation and ceramic sculpture.

Just for Fun

Williamsburg has two wonderful places to check out films with your children. Nitehawk Cinemas hosts regular family friendly screenings in the area that even include baby friendly movie screenings while Videology, a local screening room hosts weekly screenings of old school Sesame Street shows for only $2 per child. Brooklyn Bowl hosts family days at their popular bowling alley that gives children plenty of space to run around and play while practicing their bowling skills.

Indoor Playgrounds
Williamsburg has wonderful and creative indoor playgrounds for children of all different age groups. Visit PLAY, the area’s first and original indoor playground and register for art, dance, language, piano, theater, music classes and more. If you have a child over 3 then Klub 4 Kids open play sessions are for you, but for babies and toddlers, membership based Frolic Play Space is a great place to check out a cool set of classes and rock ‘n’ roll inspired play equipment. Newly opened Twinkle also offers open play sessions in their studio where kids can play with water tables, slides and more.

Outdoor Playgrounds and Parks
There are many playgrounds in Williamsburg but none better than McCarren Park. This local staple is the home to local sports leagues, playgrounds, pools and sprinklers, and a greenmarket. The W.E. Sheridan park at Grand Street and Wythe is a large playground with sprinklers and the Berry Street playground is a shady quiet hangout for local parents.

Meet Williamsburg Parents Online
If you are looking to meet more parents in the Williamsburg area then here are some places where they can be found..

Online at Williamsburg Parents Yahoo Group , Brooklyn Bambinos Google Group, Baby Hui Google Group, and the Brooklyn Moms Meetup Group’’



Comment below and tell us where your favorite place to take your kids in Williamsburg!


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